Jan 22, 2013 7:00am PST
for. absolutely scintillating. one irony, today is the day that 40 years ago today, lyndon johnson died. i think he would have recognized and probably admired that speech yesterday very much. and i think one way of understanding it is to look at it as a reply to ronald reagan in 1981. in the same place ronald reagan got up and said government is not the solution to the problem, government is the problem. yesterday was sort of not only a response to that but almost a bookend as reagan moved the country in a conservative direction. barack obama obviously hopes to move it in a liberal direction. >> the "new york times" editorial had this to say. mr. obama is smart enough to know that what he wants to achieve in his second term must be done in the next two years, perhaps even the first 18 months. there is no doubt that mr. obama has the ambition and intellect to place himself in the first rank of presidents. with this speech, he has made a forceful argument for a progressive agenda that meets the nation's needs. we hope he has the political will and tactical instincts to carry it out.
Jan 23, 2013 7:00am PST
. >> senator johnson. >> thank you, i'd like to join mee colleagues in thanking you for your service sincerely and appreciate the fact you're here testifying and glad you're looking in good health. >> thank you. >> were you fully aware in real time -- i realize how big your job is and everything erupting in the middle east. were you fully aware of the 20 incidents reported in the arb in real time? >> i was aware of the ones that were brought to my attention. they were part of our ongoing discussion about the deteriorating threat environment in eastern libya. we certainly were very conscious of them. i was assured by our security professionals that repairs were under way, additional security upgrades had taken place. >> thank you. did you see personally the cable on i believe august 12th, specifically asking for basically reinforcements for the security detail that was going to be evacuating or leaving in august? did you see that personally? >> no, sir. >> when you read the arb, it strikes me as how certain the people were that the attack started at 9:40 benghazi time. when was the fi